1. Training event Eindhoven, June 2014

Workshop on New trends in sustainable transportation, Eindhoven-Maastricht (FISITA), The Netherlands, 2nd-6th of June 2014

The first training event was organized in The Netherlands for five days, between 2nd and 6th of June 2014. Ten out of twelve ESRs attended the event. The goals of the event can be grouped as:

  • Overview of the ADEPT project and training program;
  • Presentation of ADEPT philosophy and goals;
  • Introducing of the ESRs to the member of the consortium;
  • Teaming up of the ESRs;
  • Attending the FISITA conference sessions, for being aware of the new trends in sustainable transportation. Next to that they were instructed with some specific tasks.
  • Following a lecture on ‘the art of devising thumbnail problems

First day of the event was dedicated to the presentation of the ADEPT project. An overview of the project and a presentation of ADEPT training program were given by the project manager, Jeroen Tegenbosch and by the training responsible, Claudia Martis. Each ESR was invited to present himself/herself.

The ESRs attended the FISITA conference sessions and exhibition in Maastricht for two days and a half. They had the opportunity to spend time together, to know each other and to figure out their role in ADEPT puzzle; individual research projects vs. the ADEPT project as a whole.

The lecture ‘the art of devising thumbnail problems’ was given by Kees van Overveld, specifically targeted at the ESRs. For more details see link

 Prof. Martis lecturing

2. Training event Oxford, January 2015

School onThermal analysis and NVH aspects of electrical machines and drives, Oxford, UK, 12th-16th of January 2015

The aim of the Oxford 2015 Winter School was to instruct the attendees with a basic knowledge of thermal and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis techniques for electric machines, with a particular focus on vehicle powertrain applications. In particular, after attending the winter school, participants should be able to: understand and begin to apply FEM and BEM approaches to NVH simulation, appreciate industrial scale NVH analysis, understand the link between electromagnetic simulation and NVH using examples from industry, appreciate the importance of thermal analysis for electric machines using EVs as a case study, understand the fundamentals of heat transfer (convection, conduction, radiation) and the important of accurate loss estimation, and understand some of the ongoing challenges in thermal analysis.

The courses given in the frame of the event and the trainers are as following:

  • NVH1: FEM/BEM and coupling FEM [Gurav Kumar and Cassio Faria, Siemens]
  • NVH2: ATV and industrial scale NVH [Gurav Kumar and Cassio Faria, Siemens]
  • NVH3: linking NVH and electromagnetics [Gurav Kumar and Cassio Faria, Siemens]
  • Thermal 1: Motiviation, issues, examples [Dr Dave Staton, MDL]
  • Thermal 2: Fundamentals of heat transfer [Dr Dave Staton, MDL]
  • Thermal 3: Challenges in thermal modelling including CFD [Prof David Howey, Oxford and Stefan Holst, CD-Adapco]

This training session was open for externals; two externals joined.

The ESRs attended a Workshop on EU Funding, led by University of Oxford and they had a group discussion about PhD projects and directions.



Organized a special session on ADvanced Electric Powertrain Technology (ADEPT). The project contributed with 12 papers and received a Special Session Award.




4. Training event Milan, June 2015

School on System-level modelling and simulation for E-propulsion systems, Milan, Italy, 8th-12th of June

The aim of the Summer School in Milan was to let ESRs and ER to get an in-depth undertanding of the issues pertaing to vehicle system design, with particular attention on eletctric powertrain concept design.

The topics dealt with during the classes were focused on:

  • Vehicle design paradigms, wheels and tyres, architecture
  • Vehicle design: drivelines, active and passive safety
  • Optimal Design and Pareto-optimal sets, application to vehicle system design and vehicle component design
  • NVH of e-motors and drivelines
  • Energy management of vehicle electric sub systems (electrically actuated brake, electric/hybrid axle testing )

The attendees visited to the laboratories of the Dep. of Mech. Eng (Wind Tunnel, Laboratory for the Safety of Transport Systems) and Brembo. They also participated to a course on e-motorsport, lecture given by dr. Calzavara, former Formula 1 Ferrari Team manger and Pirelli CTO).

A workshop on the definititon of the energy management of a full electric vehicle has been organized led by Simens with the support of Politecnico di Milano: starting from a Siemens statement of the engineering problem, ESRs and ER were grouped and worked out (in a team working session) a number of proposal for of different layouts with the same performance.

Prof. D Howey gave a lecture (open to all of the PhD candidates of the Politecnico di Milano, 28 externals joined) entitled” Advanced Battery Management Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles and Stationary Energy Storage Systems).

5. Mid-term review meeting, September 2015

Mid-term evaluation of the project results; School on System-level modelling and simulation for sustainable transportation.



Posters available here

Presentations available here


Organized a special session on ADvanced Electric Powertrain Technology (ADEPT). The project contributed with 10 papers 


7. Training event Lodz, June 2016

Workshop on Proposal writing, Project Management and Administration with a Special session on E-propulsion design, modeling and system integration, Lodz, Poland, 30th of May - 3rd June

 The Workshop will provide powerful thinking tools and step-by-step process for designing executable action plans for strategies at any level. During this workshop the students will learn how to write, plan, execute, and close out projects using an easy-to-follow, step by step method; how to develop a deliverables schedule; how to assess risk and develop counter measures to reduce risk; how to write a charter, create an effective project plan, monitor project progress, and manage changes to the project plan; practice the method by working through a project of their own, therefore completing some of the work in class. A special session will provide all the necessary details, guidelines, evaluation criteria and measures in order to teach the young researchers how to write successful EU Framework Programs proposals


ESPESA - Strengthening the Research potential of CAREESD in the field of Electromechanical Systems and Power Electronics for Sustainable Applications (H2020-TWINN-2015)
High-speed Drives for sustainable electromechanical systems and Workshop Grant Writing

Day 1: Seminar
High-speed Drives for sustainable electromechanical systems

1. Seminar
On the first day of the training event, a seminar will provide an overview on the most challenging aspects of the design, analysis, development and testing of high speed drives. After an introductory session (High speed drives: between challenges and solutions), given by prof. Elena Lomonova, specific design and technological aspects of electrical machines and power electronics will be presented by TU/e, RWTH-IEM and ENSAM, taking into account the smart integration of mechanical and drive technology.

2. Seminar objectives
The objective of the seminar is to transfer knowledge and thereby increasing the understanding of high-speed drives.

3. Who should attend
This seminar will be of value for PhD students as well as post docs interested in high-speed drives for electromechanical systems.


Day 2: Workshop 
Grant Writing : From PhD to Scientific Leadership

1. Workshop

Writing grants requires mastering a new vocabulary and way of thinking. Any grant for research will address in its evaluation criteria the quality of the research project. Other funding criteria shall depend on the ambitions of the funding organisation.
For example many funders have defined specific evaluation criteria to measure a project’s contribution to societal or industrial impact. Beside these two evaluation criteria there may be other criteria as for example:

  • the quality of the individual researcher,
  • the quality of the training programme for the individual researcher.

A scientific CV needs to stand out when applying for a grant. We will discuss what the current standard is when applying for an ERC grant, we will specify what those evaluators have been appreciating in scientific CVs and how you can make this work for you.
We want to focus on the importance of drafting the research project for an individual grant. This means that you have to learn a whole new vocabulary: ranging from scientific breakthrough, challenges, aims, objectives, outputs, results to impact.
We will make use of best practices developed with (national) and EU funding schemes like the Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowships and ERC in particular.

2. Training objectives

To provide young scientists with strategic input for writing competitive individual grants.

3. Who should attend

This workshop will be of value for PhD students as well as post docs interested in obtaining grants at an international competitive level.

4. Methodology

All participants will receive a complete folder with all training material and detailed guides for writing competitive project proposals.


9. Cluj-Napoca, April 2017

Wider-access Electrical drives in E-propulsion systems – Young Researchers Workshop with Special session on Career Opportunities for fellows and other young researchers, Cluj, RO, 2nd - 7th of April

The workshop will be designed to bring together PhD students, young researchers working or envisaging to work in this field and those who  completed their doctoral studies within the past few years. Attendance of this workshop is open to all. The aim of the workshop is to build a reputable and respectable forum for young researchers with inputs from sustainable transportation specialists. The main objective is to exchange information regarding advancements in the state-ofartand practice in E-propulsion applications, as well as to identify the emerging research topics and define future trends in this domain.





Posters can be found here



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607361